I’ve been getting a steady stream of emails from folks saying ‘just got so-and-so’ to watch the original (and so far no one has hated it). Why folks email instead of commenting, I’m not sure, but it really doesn’t matter as long as people are watching the original movie before 12/12.
I also get a steady stream of google news alerts and aggregator mentions of the movie and, in particular, Gort.
One such came through the other day, originally announced by SFSignal, which brought me to the Strange Horizones ‘zine and Mike Fisher’s wonderful TDTESS based cartoon.
I wrote to Mike and asked permission to run the last panel: here’s the dialogue to give you some idea why I asked:
The full panel can be seen here – which is where you’ll be going any way if you want to participate in The Day The Earth Stood Still To Watch The Original Movie Day.
Mike said he had no problem with my request, but that he’d need to ask the folks at Strange Horizons mag. Strange Horizons said ‘sure’, so here we are.
I had no idea I was asking an award-winning animator, cartoonist, illustrator and artist-guy (fresh off impressing everyone at ComicCon) for a freebie. Not that I haven’t done that before, and not that I wouldn’t have gone ahead and done it anyway even if I had known. After all, how could I NOT ask when he drew such a great, if unintended, endorsement of TDTESSTWTOMD.
Hey – relax. December 10th is almost here and once it’s gone I’ll shut up about TDTESSTWTOMD – at least until I find something else to complain about and bother you all with.